'Asian hummingbirds' dance in Chongqing

By DENG RUI in Chongqing | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-07-21 18:53
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A cluster of cheerful fork-tailed sunbirds drink the nectar of flowers at a scenic spot on Jinfo Mountain in Chongqing's Nanchuan distrct. [Photo by Qu Mingbin/For chinadaily.com.cn]

A cluster of cheerful fork-tailed sunbirds were dancing in the flowers on Sunday on Jinfo Mountain, a scenic spot in Chongqing's Nanchuan district, collecting pollen.

A member of the Nectariniidae family, the sunbird is commonly found in Asian countries — China, Laos and Vietnam, among others. It is often seen in South China.

The small bird, featuring a slender, downward curving beak and a tubular tongue for effective sipping of flower nectar, is sometimes called the Asian hummingbird.

The male sunbird has a green head and tail, with a yellow rump that flash in magnificent metallic colors of blue and purple. The female is normally olive-colored with a distinct white tip on her lateral tail.

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